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Easter message: The stone of distrust rolling away

In his Easter message, has condemned Pope Francis, the worldwide violence and for the peaceful solution of conflicts called. Also on the series of attacks in Sri Lanka, he went.

Grey sky over Rome, but on the St. Peter's square, a sea of vibrant flowers. Thousands of people attended the Easter mass and the subsequent Easter message of the Pope. She was also in this year a message of peace.

Pope Francis called the ongoing war in Syria in memory. "This conflict runs the risk of us becoming more and more taken for granted and even make us indifferent." The moment had come to renew the commitment for a political solution, "which corresponds to the correct aspirations for freedom, peace and justice".

appeal for peace

Francis but also to other areas of conflict in the world. He called, among other things, the Middle East and South Sudan. He also referred to the renewed clashes in Libya. "I call on the parties involved, the dialogue, the violence is preferable, and to avoid that the wounds of a decade of conflict and political instability are re-opened."

For Ukraine, in the today is elected, formulated in Francis the desire for a humanitarian and lasting peace.

In connection to the Easter message, Pope Francis spoke the traditional blessing Urbi et Orbi. For all Catholics to Hear this blessing is connected according to the teaching of the Church, with a drain of their sins. It is issued only twice a year, at Easter and Christmas, in addition, directly after the election of a new Pope.

compassion for the Christian community in Sri Lanka

According to the blessing of the Pope, by way of derogation from the prepared texts, of the series of attacks in Sri Lanka.

"I want to make my compassionate one is close to clear to the Christian community that was hit, as she has found out to pray together and to all the Victims of such cruel violence."

Around St. Peter's square increased safety were the measures today. A lot of police was present, at security checkpoints like at the airport all the pilgrims and visitors were carefully controlled. The atmosphere in St Peter's square itself, however, was solemn.

the Feast of hope

The Vatican has let the square in front of the Basilica, richly decorate with around 55,000 flowers, including daffodils, light green orchids, white and red tulips, orange Strelizien and radiant blue knights spurs. The Pope himself led the show, with him, about 70,000 people from all over the world celebrated.

In the Easter vigil, had inflamed Francis in St. Peter's Basilica, the light of Easter and in his speech stressed, Easter is the Feast of hope. The story of the resurrection, the Pope, is not for Christians encouragement, your life problems, to mistrust and fear. Easter is the Feast, the teaching, the stone of mistrust to roll away, to bury the hope never.

Easter mass in Rome
Jörg Seisselberg Rom
21.04.2019 13:25 PM

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